Even USA Today is reporting that most of the hard-core protesters in Minneapolis are far-left extremists or anarchists. I betcha they’re not terribly happy to have to report that:
A security expert says intelligence reports indicate most of the hard-core protesters in Minneapolis are far-left or anarchists, and that far-right groups have not yet made a significant appearance.https://t.co/pkJAKjkYYj
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) May 30, 2020
Here’s what they reported:
“The real hard-core guys, this is their job: They’re involved in this struggle,” said Adam Leggat, a former British Army counterterrorism officer who now works as a security consultant specializing in crowd management for the Densus Group. “They need protests on the street to give them cover to move in.”
Leggat, the security consultant, said intelligence reports from his colleagues indicate most of the hard-core protesters in Minneapolis are far-left or anarchists, and that far-right groups have not yet made a significant appearance. He said looting is typically done by locals – usually people with no criminal record who just get caught up in the moment.
But direct conflicts with authorities come from a mix of both locals and outside groups who see these conflicts as a core part of their mission. Many of the anarchists, he said, target banks, chain-type businesses and even luxury cars as symbols of corrupt institutions. He said even a peaceful protest can turn violent if outside agitators decide to participate, hijacking the message.
This guy isn’t terribly friendly to the right either:
“The difficulty is that you have no control over who turns up,” he said. “If this was to continue to go on, more people will come. And potentially you could have people on the right turning up, which would make things far more complicated. If those guys turn up, they will claim to be there to protect business. But it means the police will have two groups to keep apart. And that uses up a lot of police resources.”
This report goes along with what we’ve posted before. Like I’ve explained, I wouldn’t put it past the white supremacist groups of trying to agitate to make this stuff worse. Their propaganda depends on inspiring a race war, they love this kind of stuff. BUT, most of that would be by egging it on through online platforms, and there’s no evidence that this is what is animating the riots. There IS evidence that the left-wing extremists like Antifa ARE animating the destruction and looting.
Finally, USA Today even admits that their reporters are being threatened by what is most likely left-wing agitators on the ground at the protests:
Drifting out of the shadows in small groups, dressed in black, carrying shields and wearing knee pads, they head toward the front lines of the protest. Helmets and gas masks protect and obscure their faces, and they carry bottles of milk to counteract tear gas and pepper spray.
Most of them appear to be white. They carry no signs and don’t want to speak to reporters. Trailed by designated “medics” with red crosses taped to their clothes, these groups head straight for the front lines of the conflict.
Night after night in this ravaged city, these small groups do battle with police and the National Guard, kicking away tear gas canisters and throwing back foam-rubber projects fired at them. Around them, fires break out. Windows are smashed. Parked cars destroyed. USA TODAY reporters have witnessed the groups on multiple nights, in multiple locations. Sometimes they threaten those journalists who photograph them destroying property.
I guarantee you most of the black community leaders and many of the politicians want an honest peaceful demonstration against the injustice in the George Floyd case. It is left-wing extremists joined by scumbag opportunists who want to steal and destroy that are hijacking these efforts.